Apex Legends server issues fix may take a few more days Horizon, Wattson, Gibraltar, Lifeline and Mirage

Apex Legends servers are seeing some instability, and a full fix may not be coming for a few more days. Respawn says that despite improvements made late last week, they're “still seeing roughly three times the normal rate of disconnect errors” and that “a full return to normal may take until our next planned patch on Sept 22.”

The current bout of instability began on September 14th.

That's another few days of uncertainty for ranked competitive Apex players, who have to risk their rank if they want to play right now. A disconnect  might cost you some points, and it's unlikely that Respawn will help. They're busy working the weekend trying to fix it, after having brought on some extra servers to alleviate the issue last week.

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Respawn has done one thing for ranked players, however, extending the current ranked split by one week. That update will go live on September 20th. Respawn representatives have said the team is working “as quickly as we can” to fix the issue.

Phasmophobia’s anniversary update takes some sting out of losing Phasmophobia ghost

An update for cooperative horror game Phasmophobia launched on September 18th, kicking out some nice changes to the indie for its very successful first year. If you forgot, we published a piece where the author called it “the best ghost game ever made.” We also gave it an award as the best co-op game of 2020.

For its first birthday, Phasmophobia has gotten a total redesign of the journal, making tracking what ghostly goings-on are relevant much easier. It's now far simpler to navigate, and you can cross off evidence as you go.

Perhaps most relevant for some of us, I won't say who, it's now a bit nicer to lose. Rather than a flat $10 for failing a contract, you instead get an insurance payout based on the chosen difficulty. You'll also now get to know what type of ghost you failed against, which is nice for learning the game's 16 and rising flavors of spooky goober.

As sprinkles on top, Phasmophobia now has an offline singleplayer mode.

The update was accompanied by a short, but sweet note from the solo developer who started Kinetic Games. “It has been an amazing year for Kinetic Games and Phasmophobia and I would like to thank everyone for their amazing support. Today, Phasmophobia is one of the highest rated games on Steam which is incredible and something I never imagined happening,” it says. You can read the entire update on Steam.

Cheaters are already ruining Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer beta

Call of Duty: Vanguard isn’t due to launch for another few months yet, but already players are reporting that cheaters have infiltrated the game – and they’ve been ruining this weekend’s cross-platform beta test.

As you can see in the various videos embedded below (thanks VGC), this weekend has given cheaters the oppertunity to flex their muscles alongside players that just wanted to see what this year’s major Activision game is like.

Cheating in Call of Duty is nothing new – in fact, earlier this year, Activision was forced to take down an ‘undetectable’ cross-platform Warzone cheat. Warzone lead developer Raven has also noted that cheaters ‘have ruined some of their best work’ in the past, too. Cheaters, then, continue to plague Call of Duty.

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Splitgate is only “25% complete” says developer 1047 Games

Despite being one of the most popular games on Steam and its developer attracting a whopping $100 million in investment over the past few months, Splitgate is still only in its infancy, a new interview with 1047 Games has revealed.

In an interview with TechCrunch, and with some comments to GamesBeat, game creator Ian Proulx explained where the studio wants to take the game in the future, now that it’s broken through to the mainstream.

“The scope of what we can do is now through the roof,” Proulx explains. “There’s so much we couldn’t think about because we were a tiny team with a tiny budget, but now everything is on the table. We’re focusing on the long term — I look at the game as being 25% done. We don’t need to be Fortnite tomorrow, but now it really is about building the next Riot Games, the next big games business.”

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A God of War veteran is now head of Middle-Earth… studio

A God of War veteran is now head of Middle-Earth… studio

Monolith Productions – the beloved studio behind the Middle-Earth games, F.E.A.R. and Condemned, to name a few – has got a new lord and master. David Hewitt, a veteran of God of War studio Sony Santa Monica, has been named as studio head by Warner Bros.

As revealed by GamesIndustry, Warner Bros Games has appointed David Hewitt as the new studio head of Monolith Productions. Hewitt is a veteran of Sony Santa Monica – the studio behind all the major God of War games from the 2005 PS2 original right up to the upcoming God of War: Ragnarok.

Hewitt served there under various titles, including director of product development, senior managing producer, and senior producer. According to his LinkedIn profile, in particular he was part of the “small internal leadership group” tasked with rebooting the God of War brand and the entire Santa Monica studio – which resulted in what a lot of PlayStation fans probably think of as the game of the year for 2018.

RELATED LINKS: Shadow of War review, Shadow of War PC performance review, Shadow of War release date

Apex Legends’ server issues may not get fixed for a few more days

Respawn has said that various issues regarding player problems with disconnection and server errors in battle royale, Apex Legends, may not get fixed until a patch is pushed to the game on September 22.

If you’re a regular Apex Legends player, you may not be surprised to hear that the hit FPS game is once again suffering with server issues. The latest issues don’t come from hackers irritated by Respawn’s treatment of the Titanfall series, but rather are cropping up thanks to – seemingly – a recent patch that was introduced to the game.

Develoepr Respawn has itself confirmed the current server issues, with the studio saying it’s noted three times the ususal number of disconnections from the game across all platforms.

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This Week in PC Gaming: Diablo 2: Resurrected, Sable, and Genshin Impact Sable character riding a hoverbike in the desert.

Welcome to This Week in PC Gaming, a show where we take a look at the new games, updates, events, and more coming at you over the next week, every week, until the end of PC games as we know it. 

The week Sable shows us beauty in solitude, Diablo 2: Resurrected takes us back to hell after 20 years, and Medieval Dynasty shows us what it's like to be king. 

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Heavy Rain studio may be working on a Star Wars game

Heavy Rain studio may be working on a Star Wars game

Quantic Dream – the studio behind the likes of Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and most recently 2018’s Detroit: Become Human – may be working on a Star Wars game, presumably an adventure in the style of the developer’s previous games.

While this information comes entirely from rumour with no direct evidence – so should be taken with a grain of salt as always – the news comes from two separate leakers who don’t even speak the same language. The first, French-speaking YouTuber Gautoz, says that Quantic Dream has finished its deal with Sony and has now signed a new one with Disney to work on a Star Wars game.

This was then seemingly corroborated by Tom Henderson, the generally reliable insider previously known for reporting that GTA 6 wouldn’t be out until 2025 at the earliest – which the likes of Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier agreed with. Just this week, Henderson reported that Battlefield 2042 would get delayed to late November – and lo and behold, it did.

Splitgate devs want to be “the next Riot Games”

Splitgate devs want to be “the next Riot Games”

Splitgate: Arena Warfare has been around for a while, but its launch this year has seen the arena shooter – usually described as Halo meets Portal – skyrocket in popularity. Now developer 1047 Games is looking to build the Splitgate studio into “the next Riot Games” and fill the void between Quake and Fortnite.

After a modestly popular start for the initial Splitgate earlier this year, word spread around and the game quickly rose in popularity – breaking multiple Steam records in the process and forcing 1047 Games to greatly increase Splitgate’s server capacity.

Speaking with TechCrunch, 1047’s co-founder and CEO Ian Proulx attributes this success to Splitgate innovating in a genre – arena shooter – that hasn’t seen many significant releases in recent years, while making it more accessible too. “People grew up playing these games, and the reason [the market] is dead is not because they stopped loving them,” Proulx says. “Quake Arena is great, but it’s extremely difficult. No 12-year-old Fortnite kid is gonna play it. We really do fill this void.”

KOTOR Remake was almost a remastered collection by Baldur’s Gate devs

KOTOR Remake was almost a remastered collection by Baldur’s Gate devs

The E3-like PlayStation Showcase earlier this month brought with it the long-awaited announcement of a full remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – one of the best RPGs of all time. Now it seems like we almost got a KOTOR remastered collection of both games in the series instead, from the ex-BioWare staff at Beamdog.

As Sony’s showcase stream revealed, the KOTOR Remake is on its way from Aspyr Media – and it’s definitely coming to PC, by the way – but fans almost got something very different instead. One interesting part about the Remake is that original developer BioWare doesn’t appear to be involved at all – so it’s surprising to learn that one of BioWare’s founders actually pitched another way of bringing back KOTOR.

According to Beamdog CEO – and BioWare co-founder – Trent Oster, his studio actually pitched a remaster called the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – Reforged Collection, which seemingly would including both KOTOR games. Given Beamdog is responsible for the remasters of RPGs such as Baldur’s Gate 1 & 2 and Planescape: Torment, it would seem a natural fit.

RELATED LINKS: Best Star Wars games, KOTOR system requirements